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Jean-François Millet. 1814-1875.

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La Baratteuse (Woman Churning). 1855. Etching. Delteil, Melot 10.i/iii. 6 3/4 x 4 3/8 (sheet 7 x 4 5/8). An extremely rare early printing, before the etched lines were stengthened and before Delâtre's address was added (in state iii),. Printed on white wove paper. The impression was probably printed by Millet. Unsigned. $4,500.

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Les Bêcheurs (The Diggers). 1855-56. Etching. Delteil, Melot 13.iii/iv. 9 1/4 x 14 (sheet 12 3/8 x 15 7/8). State with the name and address of the printer, "Paris Imp Aug Delâtre R St Jacque 171" lower right. Illustrated: Leipnik, A History of French Etching; Salaman, The Great Painter-Etchers from Rembrandt to Whistler. A fine impression with plate tone printed in black/brown ink on cream-colored laid paper with full full margins. Unsigned. $4,500.

La Cardeuse (Woman Carding Wool). c. 1858. Etching. Delteil, Melot 15. only state. 10 x 7 (sheet 12 3/8 x 9 1/2). Illustrated: Print Collector's Quarterly 25 (1938): 146; Keppel, The Golden Age of Engraving; Leipnik, A History of French Etching. An extremely rich, well-inked impression with plate tone, printed on antique laid papier vedâtre paper. Unsigned. $3,000.

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A Woman Sewing. 1855-56. Etching. Delteil, Melot 9.iii. 4 1/8 x 3 (sheet 8 1/4 x 6). A rich impression printed on papier vedâtre. An extremely scarce etching. Unsigned. $3,500.

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Millet was born into a family of peasant farmers near Cherbourg. He depicted numerous rural scenes based on his childhood memories. Renowned for his Realist subject matter, Jean-Francois Millet was moved by social injustice to paint peasants and agricultural laborers, capturing both the poverty and dignity of rural French life. 'The human side of art is what touches me most,' he once said. Though the artist was considered a socialist revolutionary by much of the establishment, Millet's painting The Winnower (1848), praised by one critic as possessing 'everything it takes to horrify the bourgeois,' sold at the Paris Salon in 1848. In 1849, Millet moved to Barbizon, where he painted many of his most famous works, and, with Théodore Rousseau, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, and others, founded the Barbizon School of landscape painters.

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